Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen reduced its energy usage by 17 percent in the past year.
The hospital’s efforts to be more energy conscious are being recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which granted it Energy Star certification earlier this month.
“Everyone benefits from earning this designation since these changes not only reduce our environmental footprint, but also lower our operating costs making us better stewards of Metroplex as a community asset,” said Carlyle Walton, Metroplex president and CEO.
The Energy Star certification is the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection, according to the agency’s website. Facilities receiving certification must use 35 percent less energy, on average, than similar buildings, thereby contributing 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere.
Although no Metroplex buildings officially received the certification, Shelley Humphrey, a Metroplex spokeswoman, said the EPA expects to start issuing certifications in the next month or two. Between February and December, the hospital saved about $129,000 in energy costs.
“We started analyzing and making changes to the system about a year ago,” said Tom Riddle, Metroplex director of facilities management. “We started to see a difference from the initial baseline after three months. This resulted in significant cost savings and energy reduction for the hospital.”
Last year, only seven Texas hospitals and 49 hospitals across the U.S. received the certification.
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